When working with ocean freight and maritime transport, it is important to know and understand the difference between Liner and Tramp.
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These terms are used to designate a type of ocean transport service and can also be used to designate how a vessel is currently operating.
Based on the publicly available UNCTAD data, the world merchant fleet was composed of over 95,000 vessels in 2020.
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The total deadweight* of this gigantic fleet was over 2,000,000 thousand tons – meaning that in 2020 the merchant fleet had the capacity to carry (all in : crew, cargo, fuel, ballast,….) over 2,000,000,000 tons at any one point in time.
What are linear feet? What are linear meters?
A linear foot or a linear meter are, as they sound like, a foot or a meter in a line – a length of 1 foot or 1 meter. 5 linear meters describe a line 5 meters long.
In the field of transport, these linear meters or feet are used as a measurement of how much space is used in a truck. This linear footage or meters measurement is used notably for the pricing of LTL partload or LTL volume services.
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When moving cargo by road, you will often have to decide between using a full Truckload (TL) service or a Less Than Truckload (LTL) one.
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Many factors are taken into account when making this decision, but before we review a few of them, let’s first define and highlight the main differences between TL and LTL.
The various goods transported by ocean and transiting through ports can be divided in 5 main types of cargo:
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- Liquid Bulk (cca. 29% of the 2018 loaded tons for international maritime trade)
- Dry Bulk (cca. 46%)
- Containers (cca. 18%)
- Roll On Roll Off and Break Bulk. (put together – cca. 7%)
Can you help your customer select the best transport?
Play our transport mode selection game to find out if you can.
Learn about Air, Integrator, FCL, LCL, FTL and LTL transport modes and select the correct one for each of our transport scenarios.
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A gantry is a bridge-like structure, with side supports, enabling it to span, to be, over something.
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A gantry crane is exactly that: a crane, which thanks to its supporting side and cross beams, can straddle, be placed above cargo, and approach it from this position.
The 4PL term – short for fourth party logistics – dates back to 1996 and was coined by Accenture who defined a 4PL as:
“A supply chain integrator that assembles and manages the resources, capabilities, and technology of its own organization with those of complementary service providers to deliver a comprehensive supply chain solution.”
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Supply chain definition – what is a supply chain.
The term Supply chain can be defined as “the sequence of processes involved in the production and distribution of a commodity” and it is generally said to concern the management of 3 main flows:
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On this page, you can find some logistics related icons which we use in our logistics training online courses and eLearning modules.
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